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Bits and Pieces

Posted in Car stuff, DIY on May 5, 2012 by Stanley Carter

Over the last month or two, I’ve been fixing, adding as well as upgraded some minor items for my Charmant, such as:

Flamebeater – mini fire extinguisher

New brake fluid

New spark plugs – Denso BKUR6EK (stock plugs for Perodua Kembara)

New plug wires (Germany made) and new intake filter

DIY fix for my broken windshield wiper switch handle

Here’s a youtube video demonstrating how it works:

And finally… I’ve replaced my faulty rear disc caliper (albeit still a stock unit) and my E-brake now finally works, though it’s still not as tight as I hope to be, but at least I can now use it for parking as well as 180 turns, for drift initiations, well it’s still pretty much hopeless though…

DIY ebrake drift button mod

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Knocking Issues

Posted in DIY on September 4, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Malaysian government had recently decided to somehow ‘forced’ us poor citizens in using their newly released RON95 petrol, last 2 weeks I fed my Charmant with it since my RON97 was running real low.  Soon after I had my Charmant’s 4AGE pumped with RON95 petrol, I heard this weird ringing noise from my engine, I thought I had some loosen screws or something in there, but after consulting my friend Johnny, it was found that my engine was having the OMGWTFBBQ knocking issue!

My entire family including my wife went on a short vacation last weekend, leaving me alone in the house, so I thought I’d ask Johnny over to have a closer inspection on my knocking 4AGE.

AE86 in my house yo!

AE86 in my house yo!

At first Johnny thought that my 4AGE may not be entirely stock and the timing has been slightly tuned, hence the knocking issue caused from the new RON95 petrol, but before he decided to downtune my 4AGE timing, he had decided to check on my fuel pump….

We disconnected some hoses and checked on my fuel return, which was failing, and then we further checked on our fuel filter and discovered that it somehow jammed the fuel from flowing through!  At that time we knew there can only be 2 causes, either its the fuel filter or it’s the fuel pump, we’ve decided it’s fair that we had the filter replaced first, and off we went to a nearby spare part shop and get ourselves a new one, plus some new hoses.

My old fuel filter

My old fuel filter

New hose

New hose

After we had the new fuel filter and hose installed, the fuel return is still not working perfectly as it is now dripping, just like an old man having urinating issues, LOL!

Johnny then dived into my rear boot and checked on the fuel pump, he suspected it could be my ‘kampung’ style wiring that was done by the previous mechanic, that there was not enough electric power being fed to the fuel pump, OR, it could be my fuel pump needed some servicing and cleaning, OR, I just need to get it replaced…. the last 2 options would require us to dismantling the fuel tank which is NOT an easy job so we decided to go for the 1st option, just to give it a try.

We bought some thick electrical wires and re-routed to my battery, after all was done, we started the engine, and surprisingly, the old man urinating problem is somehow CURED!  Well, not entirely, as it took’em 10-20 seconds before the fuel return started moving, and 1 thing is for sure, the fuel pump WILL need to be taken out sooner or later, but hey, I enjoyed the entire process and I’ve learnt a lot, HUGE thanks to Johnny for the help and guidance, all these had spent us an entire day!

I then drove my car out to check if the knocking issues were still there, surprisingly, it’s gone!  Summary, my 4AGE’s knocking issues were obviously not caused by RON95, but in fact it was my faulty fuel pump which was not feeding enough fuel to my engine that causes the knocking, but now its being fixed… well… temporarily… I’m pretty happy with what me and Johnny get to achieve today.

Till next time then…

p/s: Gosh, it’s already September, how time flies!  ^^

Mini Charmant DIY Project

Posted in DIY on August 6, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Just 2 weeks back from now, I was at Johnny’s house doing some “facial” upgrades for my 16v engine, it was all Johnny’s idea and add to the fact that I don’t even know how to start, he guided me all the way (big THANKS to him!).  First, I got to remove my valve cover, never thought it was THAT easy!

4AGE valve cover removed

4AGE valve cover removed

As you can see, no biggie there as I’m using stock CAMs, but Johnny’s on the other hand….

HKS 4AGE Racing CAM

HKS 4AGE Racing CAM

…is rocking a HKS racing CAM for his turbocharged + NOS’ed 4AGE, dayumn~!

After we both took out our valve covers, its time to smoothen out the surface and clean it up.. with soap!

Valve covers on the floor

Valve covers on the floor

After an hour of work, we finally get to apply the “VTEC Red” on our valve covers, LOL!

VTEC Red Valve Covers

VTEC Red Valve Covers

Here is how it looks on Johnny’s engine after installed:

Badass 4AGTE + NOSed!

Looks f*cking BADASS I must say!  It’s a beautiful… BEAST!  Now… time to have a look on mine…*gulp*…

Charmant 4AGE 'VTEC'ed!

Charmant 4AGE 'VTEC'ed!

Definitely not as impressive looking as Johnny’s badass 4AGE, but hey I’m actually pretty stoked at the new look!  VTEC just kicked in yo! Ha ha ha!

Aside from the new valve cover paints, I’ve also had my Ebrake temporarily fixed with longer nuts, it’s still not as tight, but at least now I can use it for parking purposes, better than having no Ebrake at all.

Then Johnny (yes, him again) also taught me how to DIY the infamouse drift Ebrake level!  All you need to do is just remove the inner spring of the level, get a tiny screw for the button, and whalla! Job’s done!

DIY Drift Ebrake handle

DIY Drift Ebrake handle

DIY Drift Ebrake handle

DIY Drift Ebrake handle

I know I know… seriously ROFL!!!  But hey it works okay!?  If only my Ebrake is working properly, I would be so rocking this Ebrake handle all day long!

Lastly, my freebie spacers have finally returned to Johnny for good since he’s now putting them on his wheels to test on his fender flares, now my rear wheels are looking more pathetic than ever:

Pathetic offset

Pathetic offset

…. *cries*…..